Monthly Archives: June 2017

As North Korea Missile Programme Advances a Good Question Becomes: Why Does the US Test Its Nuclear Missiles?

North Korea has been testing missiles at quite the pace, with the last a test of a new land based, short range, cruise missile. But it’s worth reflecting for a moment why the United States frequently tests its own ICBMs … Continue reading

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Big Animals and the Biodiversity Crisis: Dating of Mastodon Butchered by Humans Should Have Us Thinking of Now Not the Past.

A paper just published in Nature, widely reported, is said to say much about human origins. I think it says much more about humans now, humans in the future, and humanity’s relationship with the organic world. I think the latter … Continue reading

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Yes, (Almost) Prime Minister! Jeremy Corbyn and the Rebirth of Left Wing Politics

The election results in the UK are wonderful. The result is wonderful, above all else, because it gives all of us hope that we can together fashion a better world. I would like to write more about these developments over … Continue reading

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Consumer Society and Public Investment: Democracy, Neoliberalism and Post-Keynesian Economics

Neoliberalism is not liberal and economic rationality is not rational. These are two of the most important observations we can make of the current era. One can see this especially with reference to the issue of investment and the role … Continue reading

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Peddling Peril: Iran’s Advanced Centrifuge and the *Real* Weakness of the JCPOA

While we have been focusing on North Korea the Iran nuclear file bubbles underneath the surface, and sometimes that bubble breaches the surface. Iran just had presidential elections where the reformist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, was decisively reelected. My view of … Continue reading

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The Richard Feynman Cult: Reflections on Science and Learning

On June 3 1989 I bought at the Hay Street Mall in Perth a wee little book called Superstrings: A Theory of Everything. This book contains interviews with a diverse group of physicists, one of whom was Richard Feynman. The … Continue reading

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Climate Insurgency to Save the Earth: Trump and the Paris Agreement

Having participated in nonviolent civil disobedience on climate change I fear that meaningful action on global warming will require a large scale climate insurgency that has nonviolent civil disobedience at its core. Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris … Continue reading

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When Physics Became King: The Smyth Report and Nuclear Terrorism

Alex Wellerstein has an interesting take on an article published on the Smyth Report at The Atlantic. The Smyth Report, on the Manhattan Project, was published by the US government after World War Two and it is decidedly physics centric. … Continue reading

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